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Thursday Picks ~ 6-1-2017

This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well..

Christians, Repent (Yes, Repent) of Spreading Conspiracy Theories and Fake News—It’s Bearing False Witness
Ed Stetzer
Christians, Repent (Yes, Repent) of Spreading Conspiracy Theories and Fake News—It's Bearing False WitnessI’m speaking to Christians (and not saying they are all in one party). I’m talking to Christians (in this one situation) about how our worldview should make us different. We cannot use moral equivalence to justify our own behavior. Our definition of sin doesn’t come from comparison of others. It comes from God’s standard of holiness. And our justification doesn’t come with comparing ourselves with others, but rather from Christ’s finished work on the cross.

Simply put, this spreading of hate-driven speculation is bearing false witness…

When we bear false witness, we establish a reputation for blindly succumbing to unverifiable or groundless stories.

How can we effectively witness when we have negligently borne false witness? How can we then claim to be the body of truth itself?

…when you share such fake news and conspiracy theories, you are simply bearing false witness. That is a sin and it is time to repent.

I like this little devotional. Using coffee for his example just makes it better…

Giving Detailed Thanks for CoffeeRyan Higginbottom
coffee-mugWe glorify God when we thank him specifically. In particular, we draw attention to his generosity, power, and love when we delight in all the blessings that come from a particular gift. After all, God foreknew and planned every last blessing we experience!

My aim is to model this type of thanksgiving.

I love coffee. This isn’t exactly a controversial opinion on the internet, since roughly 114% of Twitter bios mention it. But I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about coffee recently. (I’m teaching a class on it in the fall.)

This is just a case study; coffee isn’t the point. My aim is thanking God everywhere, at all times, for all things. I’m just getting started; how about you?

God, thank you for coffee. What a good, pleasurable gift you’ve given…

What If Unbelievers Aren’t Miserable?Mike Leake
I’m convinced that one of the reasons we do not have a sense of urgency in sharing the gospel with our neighbors is because we don’t really believe they need it…at least not now. They seem to be getting along just fine without Christ—so why should we turn over the apple cart? And so we go about waiting for the wheels to fall off so we can share Christ…

But what if the gospel isn’t to make happy people happier? Or even to make miserable people moderately happy? What if the gospel isn’t merely a means to meet our unmet needs? What if the good news of the gospel is so much more? What if it’s about being transferred from a kingdom of darkness into a kingdom of light? What if it isn’t about smiles and frowns but instead about life and death? Then I’ve got a gospel to share regardless of your emotional state.

And it’s message is unchanging.

Who knew?

Most of the World’s Bread Clips Are Made by a Single CompanyEric Grundhauser
Everybody knows the bread clip.Bread clips! Consider them for a moment, if you will. They’re those flat pieces of semi-hard plastic formed into a sort of barbed U-shape—you know the ones. They can be found keeping bread bags all over the world closed and safe from spoilage, smartly designed to be used and reused. They’re all around us, constantly providing an amazing service, and yet still, they’re taken for granted. And it turns out they’re almost exclusively all produced by a single, family-owned company.

Future defense attorney…
Zits – Click image for a larger view.

Don’t you want to thank someone?

Don’t You Want to Thank Someone?
©2012 Andrew Peterson

Can’t you feel it in your bones,
Something isn’t right here,
Something that you’ve always known,
But you don’t know why.

‘Cause every time the sun goes down
We face another night here.
Waiting for the world to spin around
Just to survive.

But when you see the morning sun,
Burning through a silver mist,
Don’t you want to thank someone?
Don’t you want to thank someone for this?

Don’t you ever wonder why,
In spite of all that’s wrong here,
There’s still so much that goes so right,
And beauty abounds?

‘Cause sometimes when you walk outside,
The air is full of song here.
The thunder rolls and the baby sighs,
And the rain comes down.

And when you see the spring has come,
And it warms you like a mother’s kiss,
Don’t you want to thank someone?
Don’t you want to thank someone for this?

I used to be a little boy,
As golden as a sunrise,
Breaking over Illinois,
When the corn was tall.

Yeah, but every little boy grows up,
And he’s haunted by the heart that died,
Longing for the world that was,
Before the Fall.

Oh, but then forgiveness comes,
A grace that I cannot resist,
And I just want to thank someone,
I just want to thank someone for this!

Now I can see the world is charged,
It’s glimmering with promises,
Written in a script of stars,
Dripping from prophets’ lips.

But still, my thirst is never slaked,
I am hounded by a restlessness,
Eaten by this endless ache,
But still I will give thanks for this.

‘Cause I can see it in the seas of wheat,
I can feel it when the horses run,
It’s howling in the snowy peaks,
It’s blazing in the midnight sun,

Just behind a veil of wind,
A million angels waiting in the wings,
A swirling storm of cherubim,
Making ready for the Reckoning.

Oh, how long, how long?
Oh, sing on, sing on!

And when the world is new again,
And the children of the King,
Are ancient in their youth again,
Maybe it’s a better thing,

To be more than merely innocent,
But to be broken then redeemed by love.
Maybe this old world is bent,
But it’s waking up!
And I’m waking up!

‘Cause I can hear the voice of one,
He’s crying in the wilderness,
“Make ready for the Kingdom Come!”
Don’t you want to thank someone for this?

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!


My Picks for Wednesday 11-25-2015

Just some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing…

Giving Thanks for My Taste Buds -Tim Fall
“When you stop to think about it – believe me, I have – God didn’t have to give us such wonderful senses of taste and smell so we can enjoy our food so much. He could have given us merely moderate senses so that we would eat what we need to for sustenance but not necessarily have the ability to enjoy food to such an extravagant degree.

And that’s what it is, extravagance. Our God has created us with extravagant grace and it’s a common grace for all, just like being able to breathe air and enjoy the feel of warm sunlight on our skin and marvel at the sights offered by a walk through a pine forest. To that list I add taste buds. Ex-tra-va-GANCE!”

What Is Thanksgiving Day?  -Stephen Nichols
“We might think that times of adversity and challenge would spawn ingratitude, while times of prosperity would spawn gratitude. Sadly, the reverse is true. ”

Laquan McDonald and the Christian’s Response
This article offers five suggested Christian responses. All are good but number 3  strikes me as particularly lacking:

“Engage in conversations with people who are different than you. Ask questions, listen intently, and share experiences. We all have much to learn from one another. Diversity of culture, opinions and experiences are a beautiful thing. None of us has the complete picture. Let our differences grow us, not separate us. Get outside of your comfort zone and engage someone outside of social media.”

Christmas Release Rundown -Jeremy Armstrong
It’s that time of year! Christmas music everywhere! Here are some new releases from The Getty’s, Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Paul Baloche and more.


Source: Off the Mark

What we mean when we say, “Thank you.”

We say “Thank you” a lot.

A waitress refills our drink: “Thank you.”

Someone holds a door for us: “Thanks.”

The cashier at the check-out hands us our receipt: “Thanks so much.”

In some ways I think maybe it has become a throw-away phrase that we have gutted of all its meaning. I’m not saying we should stop using the phrase. It’s the generally accepted polite response in many situations, and I don’t want suggest that we increase our level of rudeness.

But it seems to me that we find it very easy to use in these trivial, every-day situations, when the meaning is very shallow, but we find it very difficult to use when deep, heartfelt gratitude is truly called for.

Thanksgiving has always been a time for expressing our gratitude to God for all His blessings throughout the year and throughout our lives. This is good and as it should be. It’s one of the reasons that Thanksgiving is possibly my favorite holiday.

Well, that and home-made stuffing and gravy.

However, I’ve been wondering if maybe we shouldn’t also include a secondary emphasis. What if we also made Thanksgiving a time for expressing sincere gratitude to other people who have blessed our lives in significant ways? Why is that often so difficult? Why do we reserve that kind of thing for retirement parties, funerals, and other special occasions?

Maybe it’s because the phrase really means something that we don’t usually like to admit. When we say, “Thank you,” we’re really saying, “I’m in your debt.” We’re admitting that someone has done something for us that we cannot repay. We’re admitting that we’re needy, and completely dependent on someone else for our well-being. It’s a very humbling thing to say.

But, it’s the truth. Isn’t it? We need one another. We’re in debt to one another. There are people without whom I would not be me, and you would not be you.

Now, I recognize that the people we owe the most to are often the ones we’re closest to. And because we’re so close we sort of assume that the gratitude is understood. Maybe it is. So what? That might even make the act of expressing it even more important.

I don’t mean that we make a big production of it and plaster our love and gratitude all over social media for the world to see. I’m certainly not against doing that, but we need to really consider our motives. Is it to bring attention to the person we appreciate, or so that everyone knows what a wonderful person I am for saying so?

But consider…

How would it make you feel if someone you cared about simply told you how they appreciate you, and how you have blessed them? Wouldn’t that be a powerful encouragement and an emotional uplift?

Maybe we should go first.

Maybe we should give that gift to someone else this Thanksgiving.



A Hymn of Grateful Praise

For the Beauty of the Earth

For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01552/sky2_1552774i.jpgFor the joy of ear and eye,

for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony,
linking sense to sound and sight;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.
For the joy of human love,

brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.
For thy church, that evermore

lifteth holy hands above,
offering upon every shore
her pure sacrifice of love;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

DSC_0950For thyself, best Gift Divine,
to the world so freely given,
for that great, great love of thine,
peace on earth, and joy in heaven:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

-Folliot S. Pierpoint (1835-1917)